Vote of the week: What's your favorite part of a theme park?
Think about your favorite theme park for a moment. Now, think about your favorite experience at your favorite park. Where were you? What element of the theme park were you enjoying at that most special moment?
Think about that as you answer this week's vote: (And, as always, please explain your choice in the comments!)
I really don't think I could pick ONE element. All of it put together is what makes for a great day. Nice weather, thrilling rides, nice landscaping and a few relaxing rides are all equal when the day is done. I can't pick one.
I'm giving my vote today to themed playgrounds -- they are where I spent most of my time in theme parks as a kid and where I spend most of my time with my kids in theme parks today. I love the fact that you can create your own narrative in these play areas, making them far more addictive, to me, at least, than traditional rides. My faves have been Tom Sawyer's Island at Disney and the Fun Town Fire Academy and Driving School at Legoland California.
Simulator rides wins my vote although shoot-em-up rides comes in at a close second!
I would have put down Themed and High-Speed coasters, but that wasn't available. Never mind.
I like well themed coasters/thrill rides. If the ride is thrilling, and the theming is great, then the whole thing is a worthwhile experience.
I notice that the top two choices by voters are roller coasters. But for me, high thrill rides are not what contributes to a "theme" park but are more of the pervue of generic amuzement parks and carnivals. What I would have picked was not an option to vote for, which would have been THE ATMOSPHERE - that's what makes a theme park (something which the Magic Kingdom wins at, hands down). The way the park is presented, with every nook & cranny decorated to match a theme - THAT'S a theme park.
A great bit of themeing can make any of-the-shelf ride ten times better, and a well themed dark-ride with a compelling story is what theme parks are all about. Otherwise they're just a collection of thrill rides i.e an amusment park.
I would say animatronic rides because they seem to be the ones that are classics. Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Carribean are some of them. There are some that fall into more than one grouping like Jurrasic Park or Everest. Still, themed roller coasters comes in a close second for me!
We park our cars in the same garage, James. Has anyone purchased "amusementparkinsider" yet?
One reason why I'm putting these weekly votes on the site is that watching the results captivates the stats geek in me.
I would also agree that the most enjoyable aspect of a theme park is "atmosphere" and if done right is what makes a visit great.
What could be better and more fun on a really hotday than getting completely soaked on a wet ride ?
I gotta agree with atmosphere. Without it, my only interest will usually just be some of the rides. By way of example, I find roller coasters fascinating and enjoy riding them well enough. Last year at SFMM, by the end of the day after riding a lot of them a few times I'd had my fill and have no real desire to return in the foreseeable future. I enjoyed being there OK, but the big rides turned out to be my only substantial interest in the long run.
There is a certain x-factor that is there when certain elements come together the right way. Scenery and atmosphere are very important to me. It doesn't necessarily have to be themed to have that x-factor. When landscaping, lighting, rides and other sights and sounds blend the right way, it all comes together. I don't really care so much about the live shows, and it takes a variety of rides to make it happen. Still though, I'm a thrill ride junkie at heart, so my favorite part is the roller coaster. Large and intense, smaller and themed...it doesn't matter.
I voted for dark rides as well as they are the epitome of theming at a theme park along with the themed mid speed coasters and the playgrounds. Out of curiosity, what is an example of high-speed themed coasters?
I love the roller coasters and high tech shows and ride, but I have always loved just sitting on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom. It's an escape from the outside world.
I like themed roller coasters. So if that means they'll loose a little speed, so be it. I mean, Top Thrill Dragster has lots of themeing and its athe second fastest in the world... Wait, why cant we have high speed themed coasters? lol
Top Thrill Dragster has lots of theming? Did I miss it? :-)
I have to agree that themed playgrounds are a blast. One of my happiest mornings was getting soaked at the watery playground at Universal Studios Orlando.
Man, this is a tough question. What does one gauge his response on? Did I just quote Mallrats....well, I don't know if I can choose. Each part of a theme park can evoke dfferent emotions from me, and I think that they are all an important part of the theme park.
Well, mostly I will say the high-speed roller coaster will be my best choice. But mainly it's not the thrill I want to have in a theme park. It's the sensation to ride something with other strangers, people that you don't know. Isn't it fun to have a lot of different people do the same thing?? I also like the theme of the park, it makes you get into the experience itself.
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